Alicia Marchant

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BSc Psy (Hons), DIP, PDIP (CBT), PGCE, QTS & BACP Accred
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

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Southend-On-Sea SS1 & SS3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Ever feel like you have a lot going on in your mind? Isolated? Alone, with no one to talk to about it all? Or maybe you just don’t feel comfortable sharing your thoughts with your family? Perhaps, you are getting to a stage where you’re feeling as if you’re in a deep dark hole unable to get out, with an uncertainty of the future.

Life can be challenging and get on top of us, whether it’s: other people, situations, work or even ourselves. We can get into a negative cycle and sometimes are unable to admit that we need help.

If any of this applies to you, then maybe it's time to try therapy?

Yes, sharing your personal life, thoughts and feelings can be scary. Therapy isn’t for everyone, but the question to ask is: “What is the way forward when your current way isn’t working?”.

Therapy is there to help people like yourself, get to where you want to be and sometimes there is only ourselves, standing in our own way. However, finding the courage to get help is not a weakness yet a strength. There is hope. You can make changes to your life and be the person you want to become.

Within my therapy sessions, you are able to share whatever is going on in your mind in a safe, warm, open, and non-judgemental environment. We will explore and deal with your troubles together.

A little bit about me as a person

At the age of nineteen, I decided to undergo my own personal therapy. I found the experience to be life-changing and as a result, I took the steps to train as a counsellor; I wanted to give a little back to the universe and help others. I am passionate about helping others, as it gives me a great sense of well-being knowing I can make a difference in a person’s life or help them if they are struggling.

As well as this, I am a qualified teacher. I not only have supported clients within my therapeutic practice, but also children within the educational sector.

Why choose me as your therapist?

I work with people as human beings, who realise they do have challenges and want to work on them. I use an integrated approach. This means I use a varied amount of materials, tools, and theory, to suit your needs and challenges, rather than some therapists who are set in one particular approach. The therapy sessions shared between us would be based on what you need, with you exploring your challenges in your own time and in a secure place.

The varied approaches I work with include Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive- Behavioural Theory (CBT) & Humanistic Therapies. 

I have gained BACP Accreditation. This means The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP- one of the most highly recognised, professional counselling associations) have assessed my practice and have certified that I have demonstrated a high quality standard of being an experienced practitioner (carrying out a minimum of 450 hours with clients); as well as having an independent, ethical and competent practice. Therefore, this shows I have the experience to assist you with your needs. 

The first session we hold together is used as a light, gentle session to explore your challenges and set goals for what you want out of therapy. This time allows you to ask questions and see how I work as a therapist, to help you decide if it's right for you. If you would prefer a FREE telephone consultation this could also be arranged. I offer sessions via Face-Face, Telephone, or by WhatsApp. 

I work with clients who have various challenges and if you feel you would like to begin your therapeutic journey with me at Mind Box Therapy I look forward to hearing from you.

At Mind Box Therapy my aim is to help you get back to thinking, feeling, and behaving in a more balanced way

Training, qualifications & experience

I have years of experience within the psychological field and have gained BACP Accreditation. 

I have been gifted and worked with some wonderful clients including children, youth, teenagers, adults and those experiencing addictive challenges. Along with this, I have volunteered at a range of organizations including Basildon Mind, The Rosemead Project and Independent Living Services.

The Open University - BSc (Honours) Psychology Degree:

  • Introducing The Social Sciences course
  • Introduction to Counselling course
  • Exploring Psychology course
  • Biological Psychology and Exploring the Brain course
  • Exploring Psychology Online Project
  • Social Psychology: Critical Perspectives on Self and Others course
  • Child Development course
  • Cognitive Psychology course

AQA- Certificate in Counselling Skills:

  • Skills Acquisition and Practice course
  • Working with Loss and Grief course

AQA -Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling:

  • An Intro to Transactional Analysis course
  • The Reflective Practitioner course
  • Cognitive Behaviour Theory course

VCTS- The Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy:

  • Completed 125 hours of higher training and 100 in a supervised counselling placement.

VCTS- Counselling Supervision Course:

  • Participated in a 30-hour course in Counselling Supervision Theory and Skills.

Canterbury Christ Church University- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCertEd). 

  • Participated in three different modules: Curriculum and Pedagogy;
    Contemporary Issues in Education and Research in Teaching and Learning.

Essex and Thames SCITT- Qualified Teaching Status (QTS)

  • Participated in just shy of an 11-month course to qualify as a Primary School Teacher.

BACP Accreditation

  • Completed a 6,000 assignment, which looks at a range of different topics including: continued professional development, self-awareness, my modality, knowledge and skills; differences and equality and the use of supervision within my practice.

Teaching CPD Courses:

  • Prospero Teaching Level 1 Safeguarding Qualification (Children)
  • 'Prevent' HM Government Online Training
  • MindEd Developing Play and Language
  • MindEd Development of Children's Thinking
  • MindEd Introducing Child Development

Counselling CPD Courses:

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • GamCare Workshop
  • Patrick Mcgee's Workshop on Treating Low Self Esteem

I am always undertaking new courses and workshops to further my knowledge and experience within therapy, to assist a clients counselling journey (some may not be listed on this page).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Through my personal experience, I can relate to how challenging it can be to take the first steps into one's own therapeutic journey and for that, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to view my page.

If your challenges are not listed above and you need help finding the 'right' therapist to suit your needs. Please feel free to contact me and I will guide you to someone who can help you. I work in connection with other therapists and students and can guide you to the support you need.

As well as this, if you have any questions about the way I work as a therapist, prices, or anything else, please feel free to pop me an email, text, or you can call.


£35.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information


  • FREE Telephone Consultation (up to 15 minutes)
  • Teens/Students: £35
  • Adults: £45
  • Couples: £55
  • Counselling Supervision: £50-£75

Prices are negotiable and concessions are given to those financially struggling/newly qualified counsellors looking for supervision

How can payment be made?

  • Preferred method is cash after each session.

What happens if I can't make a Face to Face booked session?

For any given reason, if you feel you are unable to make the session that's perfectly okay. However, if contact is not made 24 hours prior to the booking, there will be a £15 compensation fee, to cover the room cost. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday-Saturday between 8am-8pm

If my availability does not meet your requirements. You are most welcome to reach out; and I will be as flexible as possible.

Further information

  • Discreet location.
  • Accredited Member of The BACP and complies with their Framework (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Guidelines Framework and Code of Ethics (
  • Insured by Towergate (professional company).
  • Valid in-date DBS certificate
  • No waiting list in comparison to NHS support.
  • All sessions are for 55 minutes. 


Parking: There are a few spaces directly outside the facility for 1 hour only/free after 6pm. Neighbouring roads have no restrictions after 6pm. Otherwise, you can park in the Camelia Hotel Car Park, which has no restrictions, is free and only a 2-minute walk to the facility. 

Train: It's around a 20-minute walk from Southend East Train Station. 

Bus: You would need to ride a number 9 bus, which will take you down the seafront. I would recommend getting off at either The Half Way House or Liftans Way stop, and then walk to the facility. 

When you arrive: please come in and wait near reception and I'll meet you. 

Some Feedback

"Dear Alicia,

I just want to say thank you so much for helping LH. She is no longer having panic attacks or extreme anxiety. She seems more in control and a lot happier and more relaxed. Her thoughts and feelings are no longer jumbled and confused. She is so happy.
We are both so grateful for your time and commitment, so a massive big Thank You again, much appreciated

Best wishes & Kind regards" - Parent of Young Adult NH 

"Hi Alicia,

Thank you so much for today :)

I really feel like I'm getting so much out of our sessions!

I really cannot thank you enough!!" - Client KM

"Alicia, thank you for all your support- you have been an absolute star" -  Client LA

"Hello, Alicia.

From our sessions, I feel I have learned so much about myself and am amazed I have grown so much personally. I will try to take it all on board and with that, I feel positive about moving forward :)

Thank you for listening and helping me to reach my full potential.

You are a fab therapist-keep doing what you are doing"- Client KM

"Thank you for being so pro-active and professional and sharing your knowledge;  you're are an asset to clients" - Client DS.

"Thank you for your support and for being so helpful" - Client JT

"Dear Alicia,

Thank you ever so much for your kindness and support.  Your tone of language really helped with my anxiety and calmed me.  In the beginning, I really felt like everything was against me,  but now I am feeling much more positive.  I really found your support and understanding helpful" - Client SG

"Thank you for your kindness. I have no words to thank you enough for the empathy you have shown" - Client KA

"Hi, Alicia,

Today's session was really nice! I got a lot out of it- thank you" - Client KM

"Hi Alicia, thank you once again, was a lovely session, always feel at peace after our sessions :) and thank you once again for all the lovely sessions and for taking the time to see me, always a pleasure!" - Client AS

"I can't tell you how grateful I am for our sessions from 2021. I dread to think how the year could have ended up without your guidance and support, and I'm so glad to say I'm really looking forward to starting 2022 with a positive mindset!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything" - Client KM

Mayura Yoga, 196 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS1 3AA

Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Alicia Marchant
Alicia Marchant